Buddhist group slams PDRC abbot

The Buddhist Organisation of Thailand on Tuesday lodged a police complaint against Luang Pu Buddha Issara, a core member of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), accusing him of breaching the monkhoods' code of conduct.

Organisation secretary-general Sathian Promma said after filing the complaint at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok that Luang Pu Buddha Issara had violated the Buddhist Monk Act, which prohibits monks from being involved in politics.

Mr Sathian said the organisation has also accused the 58-year-old abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom of violating Section 113 of the Criminal Code, relating to insurrection, because he led protesters to besiege state buildings during the PDRC's Bangkok shutdown campaign aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

On Tuesday morning, Luang Pu Buddha led a group of PDRC demonstrators from the Chaeng Wattana government offices complex to the adjacent head offices of state-owned telecom operator TOT Plc and Thailand Post. There was no report of violence.

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